Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed

fire bubbles like volcano against black night sky
1999 bestseller number 7

Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed found willing buyers among a certain segment of American evangelicals, who took a break from filling jugs with water in preparation for the year 2000, to read it.

Apollyon’s plot pits good guys versus bad guys at some “near future” time identifiable to readers by the characters’ use of computerized technology that was emerging, but not yet ubiquitous, in 1999. The authors speculate and elaborate on what that conflict will be like based on descriptions in the book of Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible.

Before they finished their “Left Behind” series, Tim LeHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins churned out 16 novels. The Left Behind novels developed a “cult following” in the same sense that Star Wars and Harry Potter have cult followers.

Left Behind’s cult followers no doubt know all the characters and all the story backgrounds and don’t need reminding. But for the uninitiated, reading any but the first Left Behind book is nearly impossible.

Apollyon begins with a dialogue between people who the reader doesn’t know about other people the reader has never heard of. The authors don’t even attempt to provide context.

If you don’t want to read all six earlier novels in the Left Behind series, give this novel a miss.

Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed
[Left Behind Series]
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale House. ©1999. 399 p.
1999 bestseller #7; my grade: D

©2020 Linda G. Aragoni

Assassins (Left Behind series)

Jerusalem in the cross hairs of rifle aimed at globeAssassins is the sixth novel in the “Left Behind” series based on the New Testament book of Revelation. It attempts to imagine what it will be like to live through events revealed to the Apostle John. The concept for the novel came from Tim LaHaye. Jerry B. Jenkins wrote the books.

In Assassins, the Global Community under the leadership of Nicolae Carpathia is preparing for a gala celebration three-and-a-half years after Christians were taken to heaven and the world plunged into chaos.

Carpathia announces he’ll deal with the “Jerusalem Twosome,” who preach to those left behind, the next day at a big rally.

Although millions treat Carpathia as a god, he has enemies, not all of them within the ranks of those who converted to Christianity after the rapture.

At the rally, Carpathia is assassinated.

Assassins provides almost no context for anyone who hasn’t read the previous volumes in the series. Besides that, the text is not a particularly well written. While buildings explode, people die, and corpses burn, writer Jerry B. Jenkins has one character tell another, “You’ve got a modicum of stress in your life.”

If you have even a modicum of stress in your life, find a different novel to read.

Assassins [Left Behind Series]
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale House. ©1999. 416 p.
1999 bestseller #3; my grade: D

Note:  The prior book in the Left Behind series, Apollyon, appears in the 7th place in the 1999 bestseller list.

©2020 Linda G. Aragoni